During December, Kosovo became a member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which promotes democracy and market economies in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Admitting Kosovo to this institution is another vote of confidence in Kosovo’s future.
As Kosovo moves closer to the European Union, we need to enable free movement for all our citizens. That is why I met recently with officials of the European Commission to discuss visa liberalization as well as border management, the security of documents, deportation and reintegration.
Meanwhile, the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo have been conducting talks so that our nations can move beyond the past and make a lasting peace between our nations.
Kosovo’s progress should be rewarded with full participation in the appropriate international organizations, including integration into the European Union and NATO. As one of the world’s newest nations, we’re counting on continued support from one of the oldest democracies, the USA.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.